Ibadan, March 10, 2017(TNE) Nigerians on Friday reacted with mixed feelings to the return of President Muhammadu Buhari after 51 days of medical vacation in London.
In Akure, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the Ondo State advised Buhari to always take the desired rest whenever necessary.
Fadaka, the spokesman of the party, who expressed gratitude to God that the president has returned after a long time out, said “the whole country should be happy that the president is back.”
“We are happy because we have seen the footage of his arrival and we are happy he came back looking prepared to resume his duties as the president of the country.
“We wish him all the best and we equally want to advise that he takes the deserved rest whenever there is need for him to do so,” he said.
Mr Rotimi Boboye, National Chairman of the Unity Party (UPN), said Buhari’s return had run contrary to the “ evil permutations” against the personality of the president in some quarters.
He added that Nigerians must demonstrate sincerity of purpose for sanctity and sanity of the polity.
Making reference to the sayings in some quarters that Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo’s leadership, as an acting president, was better, Boboye said that anything achieved by the vice president was a joint decision agreed upon by the duo.
Dr Tolani Hassan, a senior lecturer at the College of Management and Social Sciences, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijebu-Ode, said “Personally, I’m happy and elated about Mr President’s safe arrival.
” I think this will put to rest all the rumours and speculations going around about his health.
“Now that he his back home, the president should focus on fixing the economy and giving the citizens reassurance on his administration’s drive for economic recovery.
“Job security and job creation should be at the forefront of his agenda because people are hungry and angry.
“Majority are frustrated as they struggle to make ends meet which is what has brought about high incidence of crime,” he added.
Rev. Fr. John Patrick, the Director, Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the Ijebu-Ode Catholic Diocese, also expressed relief on the president’s return.
“Our prayers have been answered and now we expect his renewed commitment to make the Nigeria project a success.
“Now that he his back, we would like him to address the state of the economy and abuse of Nigerians in the diaspora, most especially the xenophobic attacks in southern Africa.
“He has done well with winning the war against insurgency but now we hope he can help put to rest the sporadic religious and cultural intolerance around the country like in Kaduna and Ile Ife.
“The mission to rebuild Nigeria continues and we are happy for his safe arrival,” Patrick told the TNE.
Alhaji Waheed Lawal, the Deputy National Chairman of National Conscience Party (NCP) South-West, said it was a thing of joy for Nigerians to have Buhari back to the country and alive.
” The president’s return to the country is a welcome development and we welcome him back home.
” We wish him well in the task of nation building.
“We also want to remind him that Nigerians are yearning for many things and we expect him to work speedily so that Nigerians can benefit from the dividend of democracy”.
Also speaking, PDP Secretary in Osun, Mr Bola Ajao, said the return of the president was a good development for the country.
“We all have been praying for Mr President to get well and we thank God that he is back in the country.
” Now that he is back, we want him to deliver the good dividend of democracy to the people,” he said.
Also, the former National Deputy Secretary of Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), Alhaji Lasisi Bakare, said Nigerians would continue to thank God for bringing the president back to the country safely.
” There is nothing we can say than to give glory to God. We thank God that the president is back to the country, hale and healthy.
“We will continue to pray for the country and for the President for him to continue to have good health,” he said.
Mrr Tunde Adelegan, a legal practitioner in Ibadan, said the arrival of the president would put to rest the tension over his state of health.
“ There was no vacuum in government since the president travelled because he followed the constitution by transferring power to his deputy.
He said the arrival of the president would pave way for continuation of good work that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had been doing.
Also reacting, Mr Durojaye Omoyeni, a chieftain of PDP in Egbeda Local Government Area of Oyo state, said Buhari’s absence did not affect the anti corruption war.
He, however, expressed optimism that the arrival of the president would enhance effective governance that would improve the living standard of Nigerians.
The TNE correspondent in Abuja observed that activities in the capital city went on as usual as people were seen going about their businesses.
Some Nigerians expressed delight at the president’s return adding that it was for the good of the nation.
One Ms Patience said that it was “about time the president returned to reduce the tension built around his state of health”.
“At least now that he is back, we can know the real situation of things; Nigerians assumed a lot of things about his health, but his return has proved some people wrong,” she said.
Mr Collins Mba described the president’s return as “the truth finally revealed”.
“Now that he has come back, at least we know the real truth; we are just waiting for him to, maybe, talk to Nigerians; I know that as every day passes, we will continue to see the truth.
“We thank God that in the end, at least they were not lying to us.”
Another respondent, Chukwuma expressed “gratitude to God for preserving the life of the president”.
“It is no news that he is well, hale and hearty; we pray it remains so for the sake of our nation.
“Those who thought the worst have their doubts finally cleared. Let him come and continue his term so we can move on.”
Shina, a cab driver, said “I think they will say today na public holiday after the way Nigeria don dey wait for “baba” to come back (I thought today would be declared a public holiday, following how Nigerians have been expectant of the president’s return).
“Na to thank God ni o, make we sha pray say he kuku stay strong to do work wey dey; ah! o to oro ni o!, (we have to thank God and pray he remains strong for the work ahead, that is the truth!)” he said.
Several others took to social media to react to the news of the president’s return.
One Alan Kasujja tweeted: “When was the last time an African President returning home made international news? That is usually left to state broadcasters.”
Another person, SaRcasTic GuiTaRisT, tweeted: “There’s so much excitement about #Buhari returning to the country, this is reason enough to tell how much love we have for him #Nigeria
One Yahaya Modu tweeted: “Welcome back my president, wishing you more health, good leadership and prosperity. Jumat Mubarak #Baba #Buhari
Qing Q tweeted: “Baba go slow don arrive o =D #Buhari
Foreign media also broke the news of Buhari’s return to the country.(TNE)